Goals of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi
The Tsalagiyi Nvdagi, Inc. is a non-profit, publicly supported organization as described by the Department of the Treasury in sections 501 (c) (3), 509 (a) (1), and 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi). All persons making donations of land or money may claim the donation as a tax deduction on their tax returns.
The Tsalagiyi Nvdagi hope to be able to purchase land in Southern Smith County, Texas or Northern Cherokee County, Texas for our tribal headquarters.
We are of the Seven Clan Society. Our tribe has a Chief (Ugu) and a seven member Governing Council. The Ani-Tsalagi (Cherokee People) had an elected representative republic in operation long before the European came to our land. All the present leaders of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi believe in an elected government, not one mandated by founders, or a small group of former chiefs, or by birthright, or by force of armed power.
Our projected programs for the benefit of our people are:
|To give grants to members who are qualified to go to higher education.|
|To help our elderly and give assistance to those who are in a physically impaired status.|
|To assist our members in buying homes.|
|To procure funds to build a living village on the style of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi during the early 1800's for visitors and vacationers. The living village will be of educational value and provide financial support for the tribe.|
|To build an administration building, a seven sided Council House of traditional architectural style.|
|To build a Library and Museum which will provide researchers a source for valuable material on the Cherokee. There will be material on the culture, on what religion there is left, and on the history of the Cherokee from the earliest times to the modern day.|
|To provide facilities for teaching our language to children and adults. This will keep our traditional language, the Southern Iroquois, which is thousands of years old, alive. Archeologists believe that the Northern and Southern Iroquois language was separated over 3,000 years ago. The language will be taught by personal instructors, by tapes, and videos.|
|To establish a medical clinic that will provide our members with medical care by a full time nurse, from traditional Medicine Doctors, by Medical Doctors (MD) on call, and by visiting Medical Doctors (MD).|
|To provide motel-type accommodations for members who bring their ill family member to be medically treated.|
Our tribe is known to our people as Ani-Tsalagi. An individual is called Tsalagi. Nvdagi is "Texas" in our language. We are known to the rest of the world as Cherokee, a name given to us by the Choctaw. The word comes from the ancient Choctaw trade language word "Chuliki," "People from the Cave country."
If you wish to help us attain our goals for the future, our mailing address is:
P. O. Box 492
Troup, TX 75789
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